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Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:28 pm on 1st February 1995.

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Photo of Mr Michael Trend Mr Michael Trend , Windsor and Maidenhead 8:28 pm, 1st February 1995

I make it a point of principle never to discuss the affairs of the people who live in the castle.

A little way down our main shopping street, Peascod street, there is a thriving town in its own right which, like all towns in the Thames valley, has had to fight hard to retain the loyalty of local shoppers. That is the Windsor which most of my constituents know and it does not sit easily beside the tourist town up the hill.

My constituents know that, as council tax payers, they bear many of the costs associated with the daily influx of tourists. It is sometimes difficult to move along the pavements of the high street outside the castle in the high tourist season because of the procession of visitors. A mother with a pram may not he able to push her children down one of the main roads in the town because of the mass of tourists, some of whose associated costs she also meets. I was therefore very glad when the Government recognised in last year's settlement the problems that day tourism can cause.